Programme delivery update
We have adopted an online ‘blended’ learning approach to teaching on the ultrasound programme and our modules are taught in block release. Our suggestion is therefore that you are given this time by your placement to access the learning materials and tutorials on the scheduled module dates/times in a location that is best suited for you to learn, e.g. in a suitable quiet location at your placement site, or at home.
Most modules will have an element of live virtual tutorial type sessions using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams, which you will be expected to engage with. You will need a suitable laptop or PC with speakers and a webcam and adequate internet access/broadband speed to work remotely on-line. Some modules may also have a campus based clinical skills element to the teaching.
The delivery of your modules may vary from tutor to tutor, module to module, so please always follow the guidance of your module leader and module Blackboard site. Please understand this approach to module delivery is new to us as well, so please try to be patient and understanding, we are doing our very best to ensure you remain supported throughout your learning.
For IT issues, further details on our IT services can be found here: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/student-life/facilities/it-facilities/
There is also some further information related to on-line study here on our website which you may find helpful:
This module will equip you with skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in breast ultrasound. Tuition is given by leading experts in the field. For those already in possession of a CASE accredited ultrasound qualification (PGCert or above) who wish to expand their scope of practice this module can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development.
This module covers the following:
- Breast and axillary anatomy
- Breast and axillary pathology (both benign and malignant)
- Clinical justification
- Breast symptoms and the correlation with pathology
- Communication skills
Breast Ultrasound Technique
- The basic ultrasound scanning technique for breast and axilla (lecture)
- Breast and axilla ultrasound scanning technique
- Image interpretation
- Correlation of mammograms and breast ultrasound
- Reporting skills (how to construct the report, correct terminology, legal requirements)
- Correlation between mammography and ultrasound
- FNA technique
- When to FNA
- Aseptic technique for performing FNA
- Elastography and its use in breast ultrasound
- Colour Doppler and power Doppler and its use in breast ultrasound
The module is part of the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) programme, which is accredited by CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education), allowing you to practice ultrasound in the UK and some overseas countries, on successful completion of the programme. The module itself is not CASE accredited as a stand-alone module.